McCain: Sarah Palin Just Like ‘Divisive’ Gipper Ronald Reagan
November 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—According to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the conspicuously unintelligent former half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is comparable to conservative icon Ronald Reagan. Well, the reality TV star and Fox News contributor certainly likes to quote the late union-busting tax cuts, tax cuts, Medicaid is socialism former president. And perhaps she put the comparison in McCain’s head when she defended her reality TV show from Karl Rove’s attacks, by bringing up Ronald Reagan’s early acting stint in the classic movie “Bedtime for Bonzo.”
McCain made his remarks during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, with Candy Crowley. When asked what he thought of Sarah Palin’s various self promotion endeavors, McCain described his former vice presidential running mate as an “incredible force.”
“She’s keeping her options open, and I think she should,” said McCain, adding “She’s an incredible force in the American political arena.”
When Crowley pressed McCain to respond to Palin’s divisiveness, he compared the former half-term governor to Ronald Reagan.
“A guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed as divisive,” said McCain.
“She’s doing a great job. I think she’s motivated our base.” “She had a positive impact on the last election, and I’m proud of her,” McCain added.
But many conservatives are horrified that Palin would be compared to their “Reaganomics” hero. After making the reference to “Bedtime for Bonzo” on Fox News, saying “Wasn’t Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn’t he in ‘Bedtime for Bonzo,’ Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor,” conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan went bananas, writing “Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin.”
Noonan continued to deride Palin in a horrified tone, for even suggesting she was on equal footing with the revered Gipper.
“The point is not “He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,” though that is true. The point is that Reagan’s career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn’t in search of a life when he ran for office, and he wasn’t in search of fame; he’d already lived a life, he was already well known, he’d accomplished things in the world.”
And as a final dig, Noonan suggested Sarah Palin was not only an empty right-wing shell, but that she was also a stark raving mad crazy person.
“Americans don’t want, as their representatives, people who seem empty or crazy. They’ll vote no on that.” It’s not just the message, it’s the messenger,” concluded Noonan.
Ouch! Apparently McCain didn’t receive the “Please don’t compare Palin to Reagan” memo. But by comparing Palin to any former president, McCain suggests he views her as presidential material.
This conservative controversy is certainly fodder for liberal schadenfreude. Regardless of which particular conservative leader Palin is compared to, be it Ronald Reagan, who excelled in wedge issues, with his disdain for “welfare queens” or the vile segregationist George Wallace, she still remains, and will continue to be, a deeply divisive, vapid and viciously polarizing figure in American politics.
Photo Source: Courtesy Reagan Library, PD